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of georgia's capital as floods hit the area. africa's teams continue their push for championship qualification. also jumping for joy, why this win meant so much for raphael nadal. a south african court has ordered that sudan's visiting president be prevented from leaving the country until it rules on whether he should be arrested and handed to the international criminal court. he is in south africa for the african summit. a judge is due to issue a ruling on monday. the icc first indicted the president in 2009. he's wanted for alleged war
crimes including genocide commitmented during the darfur conflict. the icc says it's deeply concerned about negative consequence ifs the arrest is not carried out but south africa's governing amc accuses them of unfairly targeting african leaders. >>reporter: much of the focus here on sunday has been around the presence of the president of sudan. he's of course wanted by the international criminal court on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes stemming back to fighting in darfur. now, the african union is saying that ass as a sitting head of state, he should be attending the summit here in africa. the government has been taken to court by civil society groups as well as human rights watch to be forced to adhere to their
obligations from the icc. they are of course signatory to the rome statute which established that court. so we're seeing potential fallout. and ultimately, there are concern around the high court in south africa enforcing whatever verdict they do come up with later on monday. sudan's foreign affairs minister says he's confident that the president will return home as planned. >> the president is participating in this summit on an invitation from the au and a welcoming reception from the government of south africa. as you know the african summit has always been -- the icc and its indictment -- we are here as a guest of the government of south africa. i believe the government of south africa can deal with its
court and whatever it's trying to stop the president from doing. i can tell you the president will leave on time as scheduled. >> we'll have more on the story later in the program when we'll look more closely on the impact it has on the credibility of the icc. let's go to yemen now. houthi forces have seized the capital of a large desert province on the border with saudi arabia. the houthi delegation left sana bound for u.n. talks in geneva. the discussions are due to begin on monday and they can't come soon enough for the people of yemen. the saudi-led coalition has kept
up air strikes and the humanitarian continues to deteriorate. >>reporter: the united nations secretary-general moon is rallying a support for the end of the war in yemen. he needs the support of the international community and yemen's neighbors. the united nations was hoping to announce a cease fire before the start of the talks but that seems unlikely. >> we still hope that the parties will observe a humanitarian pause in order to create a climate conducive to moving forward. >>reporter: yemenis are concerned that geneva consultations might drag on leading to more violence. >> we hope that something positive comes out of this because we want the war to be over. >> personally i believe the u.n. talks are a waste of time.
the u.n. was behind the unjust resolution 2216 and they're behind the major failure in safeguarding the security and the stability in yemen. >>reporter: saudi arabia launched air strikes in march against houthi fighters. the oil rich kingdom accuses them of destabilizing the region. a united nations resolution passed in april calls on houthi fighters to withdraw from all yemeni cities. rhiyad insists the military campaign will end if -- >> however, achieving goals meaning more civilians are more casualties. i think saudi arabia makes a good point and has good results and good compromise by the houthis i think saudi arabia
would jump on board. >>reporter: there could be more fighting here if the peace talks collapse. the houthis have gathered forces in an area rich in oil and gas. >> we know that the houthis are planning a major offensive to take over. there's fighting in the outskirts of the city but they won't be able to control the province. >>reporter: thousands of yemenis have fled their homes. the lucky ones escaped to neighboring countries. but many are stranded. their only hope is an end to the fighting. no one here expects a break through but they're hoping a political process is started which might take a long time but they say it's the only way to stop violence and put an end to the suffering of civilians. back in yemen -- and says
that many people doubt leaders can actually achieve lasting peace. >>reporter: there's a mixed reaction on the ground in geneva. initially when they were delayed people were becoming very skeptical about the outcomes. some had hoped that with the observation of ramadan in the next few days there would be humanitarian cease fire. in general, there's little hope something good may come out of these talks. the general expectation is that because leaders have failed them in the past that they're going to fail them once again. breaking news coming to us in the past few minutes. the u.s. says it's carried a strike in libya. the operation apparently took place on saturday. a u.s. defense spokesman said last night the u.s. military conducted a counterterrorism strike against an al quaeda associated terrorists in libya. we'll provide additional information as and when
appropriate. the pentagon has released little detail on the operations but libyan media is reported it targeted a meeting of fighters. at least seven people were reportedly killed. the group has been linked to the 2012 attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi. elsewhere, isil-linked fighters are losing ground to militia groups in the eastern libyaen cities. >>reporter: for days fighters in eastern libya have been taking shots at isil. these men have made gains and pushed back fighters in western and central parts. they belong to a coalition of militias. people here are afraid and have put up make shift road blocks to try to stop advances. more than a dozen people have been injured in the fighting. it flared up last week when the
council declared war on isil fighters who they described as tyrants and criminals. for months isil has been attacking the coast. in april, isil up loaded videos of 21 egyptian christians being beheaded. they're taking on isil fighters in the east. other groups are trying to take control from libyan fighter who is back the government in the capital of tripoli. isil also carried out a suicide attack last month at a checkpoint. >> it's interesting. you have the local politics in the territory versus the national picture and then the international level. isis versus a broad coordination of different governments.
>>reporter: it's not a new body. for months it's been battling forces loyal to the general. strongest members of the coalition. and with no central government in charge of libya, powerful groups -- representatives of rival governments have met in morocco and are considering a plan for a unity government. many find it hard to imagine an agreement will ever be reached. the armed group al shabaab
has launched a dawn attack on an army base in coastal kenya. two soldiers were killed as well as 11 fighters. local media is reporting the group raided the town during the one-year anniversary of attacks which killed nearly a hundred people in the town in nearby areas. >>reporter: people are heading into the military barracks. they preached against the government and kenyans. they then went to a nearby health center took medicine and a school where they banned mattresses now. this comes on the eve of a series of attacks that started here last year and then spread to neighboring villages. what's happening behind me is a memorial prayer service to honor those who died. i talked with some of the surviv survivors
survivors survivors. he's just started rebuilding his hotel. it was in this room that he was woken by repeated gun fire. the town center was under attack. the gunmen started hunting for men. by dawn, at least 50 men were dead and the town was terrified. >> the government could have been paid by politicians but they were al shabaab claiming they were fighting for the rights of muslims whose land we took. >>reporter: before they could bury their loved ones there were more attacks in neighboring villages. al shabaab claimed the attack but kenya's government blamed local police networks. this was one of the more popular guest houses here. it was completely destroyed. many people who lost their property and their loved ones are yet to recover.
they say they're still waiting for compensation. this woman's husband was killed. he left her with nine children 12 grandchildren, and no job. the government gave her $500 to bury him and promised 1,000 more. she's still waiting. like many others. >> that money would have gone a long way in helping me and my family. i can't even take my children to school. feeding them is a problem. we just live by the grace of god. >>reporter: many are still frightened here despite increased security. the deputy governor -- >> there's three of us, the police officers. the intelligence was there for them to act. >>reporter: they welcomed a new addition to the family.
her grandson is named after her husband who died in last year's attack. he's a joy but also an extra mouth to feed. still to come as another bush is expected to announce his his candidacy for the white house -- find out who is ahead in the tour de france. the iraqi military says fighters from the islamic state have blown up three car bombs at an army base. 13 soldiers are reported killed including an army commander. thousands of syrian refugees have cut through a border fence
to get into turkey. these pictures show them scrambling to make it across the border crossing. they have fled nearby fighting between syrian fighters and isil. turkish border guards were overwhelmed by the large numbers and couldn't stop them. most of them have been running from the clashes in the syrian town of -- supported by u.s.-led air strikes -- advanced and are reported to be close to entry. right now almost 350,000 syrians are living in refugee camps in turkey. many others though are struggling to survive on their own. we went to a town with the highest concentration of syrians in turkey. >>reporter: his stall is one of the latest syrian-owned businesses to open up here. most of the customers are
syrians. he is catching up with his family before going back to his new job. he is taking a break from his turkish language course. the turkish government officially defines the syrians here as guests rather than refugees they're expected to eventually go home. but learning turkish is just one example of how syrians are having to put down roots here. >> as long as there is no international way to remove isil or topple the regime despite the hundreds of thousands of people killed and the problems we can't go back. we have big hopes to go back but the facts show we cannot. >>reporter: there are more than half a million syrians here. all are escaping the war back home. >> we are a five-member family
and i had a new baby. for any family the situation is relatively hard because of the lack of work and opportunities. i don't think of leaving turkey to go to europe. i'm waiting for any chance to go back to syria. >>reporter: syrians know they're likely here for the long haul. >> of course we had to set up business so we can live. if you don't work you can't live. we all know the situation in syria. we don't know when we'll go back. >>reporter: turkey hosts half of the almost 4 had syrians who fled the civil war. the turkish government says it spent $5.5 million over the last four years supporting the syrians here. now the ethnic makeup of towns here is changing. perhaps for the long term.
people in ramala have been mourning a palestinian man killed by an israeli army vehicle in the occupied west bank. there are conflicting reports about exactly what happened. the israeli military says the driver lost control when the man threw a fire bomb in their direction. palestinians say he was simply walking to work when he was struck. and the israeli army says it will investigate reports that a group of its soldiers beat up a palestinian man. video shows a soldier swinging a rifle at the protester before more soldiers wrestled him to the ground. it happened friday during a demonstration last year's war in gaza was legal according to a new report from the israeli government. published ahead of the independent findings of a u.n. war crimes investigation, the report says israeli soldiers did not commit war crimes. it accuses hamas of causing high numbers of casualties by using
civilians as human shields. israel says it launched the operation in gaza gaza to stop rocket attacks and there's been reaction from israel's prime minister and the hamas representative. here's some of what they have to say. >> whoever wants to know the truth, let them read this report. they can also read the report by the senior general. whoever wants to continue baseless automatic blaming of the state of israel let them waste time reading the report by the u.n. commission. the israeli report in which they try to clear themselves of war crimes is an attempt to control the international public opinion. this israeli report has no value
because israeli war crimes are obvious there's been another set back in talks to reach a last minute deal between greece and the international lenders. a new economic reform proposal submitted by greece was deemed inadequate prompting negotiators to walk out. the country has refused cuts to public sector pensions and tax increases in return for more bailout founds. it could mean greece will not secure the money it needs to avoid defaulting on its debt this month. a tiger, lion and hippo are among the animals roaming the streets of georgia's capital after heavy flooding destroyed a zoo. at least 12 people have been killed. >>reporter: an hippo wanders the roads of tblisi. freed from captivity by a deadly
storm. elsewhere, a bear sleeps on an air conditioning unit and a big cat lurks in the doorway of a building. heavy rainfall late on saturday sent flash floods surging through the area. dozens of properties have also been destroyed leaving many families homeless. it's unclear how many animals are still on the loose. that will only be known after all the debris is
cleared. as yet, there's no reports the animals have attacked humans. among them a zoo keeper who lost an arm in a tiger attack last month. tblisi's residents are warned to stay indoors until remaining animals can be found and recaptured. italy's coast guard has rescued more migrants trying to make it to europe over the weekend. a group of 75 including 20 women and 15 children were intercepted off the coast on saturday. in another operation, 34 migrants were rescued further north and two ferries carrying about 2,000 syrian refugees have arrived in greece. they've been stranded for days on the island of lesbos. and italian police have forced a group of protesters
back over the border of france. they were demonstrating against migrants camping nearby. the migrants have been holding their own protests demanding admission into france. there are calls for a boycott of the european games because of the country's human rights record. 6,000 athletes are competing across 20 sports. dozens of journalists and activists are said to have been jailed for criticizing the government. >>reporter: away from the european games on the other side is pretrial detention center. many prominent critics of azerbaijan's government are locked inside. this is one of them. seen here on her way to jail six months ago. she's azerbaijan's most famous investigative reporter. still embarrassing the president even as he hosts the european
games, she has continued her research into billions of dollars the first family allegedly owns in assets and off shore accounts. her mother is proud of her daughter's achievements. >> she loves me very much. but she would not give up her fight to protect me. when i went and saw her in prison, she agreed. she said she would not give up her fight even if they threaten to kill me. and i said i know that. >>reporter: relations between azerbaijan and the west have become strained over the imprisonenment of more than 80 journalists, human rights lawyers, and activists. >> the authorities have resisted calls to free so-called prisoners of conscience as
defined by the campaign group am necessity international. >>reporter: will azerbaijan release them? >> there are no political prisoners in azerbaijan. there are people in prison for criminal offenses. no sovereign state can interfere with the decision of the courts and change it. >>reporter: though european unions leaders have stayed away from the games in the protest, azerbaijan is still a valuable energy partner and the eu seems unwilling or unable to exert its will. these world leaders suggest there are other partners azerbaijan can rely on. still to come in this news hour high alert in the south korean capital where another person dies from middle easts are prestory syndrome. why the power of the sun has helped wake a spaceship after seven months of hibernation. and an action-packed
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now the top stories here on al jazeera. a south african court has ordered the president of sudan to stay in the country until it's decided whether to hand him over to the icc. he is attended an african union summit and is accused of crimes against humanity talks to end the war in yemen are due to start on monday. the houthi delegation is now bound for switzerland after refusing to leave on a u.n. plane on saturday and u.s. forces have staged what they call a counterterrorism strike against the fighter associated with al quaeda in libya. reports from libya suggest the attacks took place near benghazi and at least seven people were killed the south african court order that is preventing the president of sudan from leaving
the country. here's this report. >>reporter: when sudan's president arrived in south africa late saturday he brought with him a political and legal storm. one of the issues being discussed at the summit he's attending is conflict resolution. now the host nation faces the embarrassment of a legal challenge that could see him sent to the hague to face war crimes charges. civil society organizations have now taken the south african government to court to ensure the country up holds its obligations to the icc. a judge has told bashir he can't leave into the case is resolved. >> this court's decision does not have legal value. south africa issued in the pub -- african -- it seems the
court does not know about this which is bad. or it does know and this is worse. but this is a matter to be assessed by law. >>reporter: it's left the south african governments in a very difficult position. the question is what happens now. those are not the court's responsibilities. the court has made a decision which according to the law is quite correct. but it can't enforce its own positions. >>reporter: the international criminal court has asked south africa to arrest him. it accuses him of crimes against humanity and genocide in darfur.
many african nations believe the icc is biased against its leaders picking them out for prosecution. that means the south african judge's decision on monday on whether or not to arrest the man who has governed sedan sudan since 1989. first of all, your reaction. what do you think we're going to find out on monday? do you think he'll be arrested? >> i think probably the balance is no he probably won't be. he'll fly home. but nothing is certain. >> if that is the case it would be i guess another failure if you want to look at it that way for the icc. what do you think the impact is going to be long term? >> it's going to be a failure for the icc. a couple of things to bear in
mind. first of all, this particular case is problematic and many experts don't actually believe the genocide case is well formed. i've worked for interests very close to the sudanese governments. second thing the tension, conflict between head of state in unity and provisions of the rules of the icc which say anybody including the head of state has to be handed over exists. it has not yet been resolved by any court. nobody has actually been prepared to take it to court. but it may well be that at some stage one court will hold that either the icc trumps the head of state immunity the head of state's right to immunity or the other way around. so those things are bubbling away in the background. and with those things and also some other considerations, it
might be more convenient for the icc and the international community for this issue not to have arose the way it has and if it had not maybe the embarrassment would not be that great. >> he's visited other african nations and he wasn't handed over and now i guess it makes the icc seem particularly toothless doesn't it? is. >> well, the icc was approached last week. this is i think in the public domain by representatives of the sudan government saying this was going to happen and i believe the icc said no sorry, you're going to have to be arrested at least we're going to stick out for you to be arrested. so the embarrassment may not be as much theirs as it may be south africas. here's the problem. because south africa is not a different kind of country from chad or the other places he's gone. it's a country taken very
seriously. so it may be more for their image in not handing him over. and the icc can say we did what we could. >> south africa may be slightly different but still an african nation. and i think all the officials of the icc are all in africa and that is often resented by african countries who feel they're somewhat targeted. is that justified? >> it's not necessarily
justified. >> obviously america which has stayed out of the court can still become -- israel in particular. have not been the subject of full investigations let alone trials and the african countries have. so that stimulates i'm sure the african union and others in africa to say we're going to stick up for him. >> it's often accused of being a court -- they don't want to be the palestinian's may want to but that would take a long time. unless a country like the u.s. is a signatory for the court can they really have the credibility it needs to do its job? >> i think your question is extremely well made. and the answer may be that the
icc will continue for a time. it has a lot of criticism. unless it does a great deal better and unless we can see america and china and russia being prepared to join a club they say is good enough for others and not for them maybe its days will be numbered. but many hope that will not be the case. no reason has been given for the decision. thursday authorities shut down the offices saying the government would not allow any organization to work against its interests. it prompted save the children to close all its offices across the country. >> a 15th person has died of
middle easts are pretour syndrome in korea. those affected has now reached 145. >>reporter: the medical center in seoul, one of south korea's largest, busiest, and most prestigious hospitals is now suspending the bulk of its services after being identified as the center of the spread of mers. >> we are partially closed to fully focus on counteracting mers. other than emergency operations we're going to temporarily restrict outpatient treatments hospitalization, and operations. we will also limit people coming in to visit patients. >>reporter: in this city on high alert people are taking every precaution to help contain the outbreak using hand sanitizers and face masks with some calling on divine
the dollar in zimbabwe is being ruled out saying it's worth nothing. the highest bank note available is for $100 trillion but for monday they will be allowed to exchange bank accounts of up to 175 quadrillion dollars for 5 usd. i'm joined now from the english town in zimbabwe. lance, apparently you can actually make more if you have a 100 trillion note by selling it on ebay. how does this change their everyday reality of people
there? >>reporter: i guess for a lot of people they're probably wondering what the big fuss is all about in terms of the international coverage to this story because the zimbabwe dollar basically died in 2009. so this is the equivalent of having a funeral or a burial six years later. people have already been accustomed to using the u.s. dollar and the south african money. so i think this is -- to quote the reserve bank governor it's almost a mopping up of the old notes. it is fascinating, for example, that 35 quadrillion zimbabwe dollars will get you 1 usd. >> it sounds absurd.
you mentioned the current has already died in 2009. so why do this at all? >> according to the reserve bank governor, they are sort of trying to have one legal kind of system in the country so effectively they're saying we had two systems in play and this is just more or less trying to make the points that this is the one system that is in place. i need to make the point that people in zimbabwe have a problem with change and because they don't have coins to give out change so they introduced $500 million of foreign coin to
use as change. everyone was talking about the zim dollar coming back or making, you know an appearance and it kind -- so you could kind of look at this as a way of trying to reassure people and say, you know what the zim dollar is not coming back. the u.s. dollar and the south african currency and others are the legal tender. lance, thank you so much for sharing your views with us. jeb bush is expected to announce his candidacy for the u.s. presidential race in the next couple of days but he's not the only one from his side of politics. more than ten others say they want to be the republican candidate for the white house. alan fisher looks at whether his of his rivals can actually unite the party. >>reporter: this will be a contest rather than a core
nation. after eight years on the sidelines having lost two elections, the party is ready to take back the white house. and there are plenty of people who believe they should be president. >> a lot of republicans look at the field and say this is a good time to be running. there's no incumbent. hillary clinton isn't necessarily scaring republicans away. and then also in the field itself you don't have a dominant front runner. >>reporter: by the time the declarations end. >> i'm running for president of the united states. >> i'm running for president of the united states. >> i'm running for president of the united states. >>reporter: it could be 15 candidates in the race. some believe that's a sign of -- jeb bush has not declared yet but will and is the name most people will know the brother and son of former
presidents. meaning him. the only woman in the republican race is carlie fiorina and he's making little impact. -- she's making little impact. >> positions republicans have taken, especially with the new and rising hispaniceing hispanic population. so there are some lessons they don't seem to have learned. >>reporter: many republicans believe they need a more conservative candidate. someone who will unite the base but that also has its problems. if the party decides to nominate someone who is more out of the political main stream they might be in a position where
they lose an election that they otherwise should be able to win in 2016. debates start in a few weeks. legislate waneithuanialithuania's president is -- and to deter further aggression. the comet lander philae has made contact with earth. it was the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down back in november but then three days later contact was lost when the solar powered
batteries ran down. scientists weren't sure if they'd ever hear from it again but it has moved closer to the sun and started to work again, transmitting data to scientists in germany for 85 seconds. earlier we spoke to dr. elizabeth pearson who explained the importance of what philea may have found >> philae gives an up close and personal look at the surface meaning week take samples and analyze them and work out exactly what they're made up of. what's brilliant about getting it back on line it means we might get another chance to use its drill. it can drill down right into the surface. it can get a really pristine sample. one that has not been exposed to space or sunlight. so this sample would really be what the solar system was like when it was being formed and
>> eight wins and two draws, it's not been down and out for well over 20 years. i think the players deserve some credit for that. certainly get a lot of credit from me for that. and now we got to keep building on it. when you're on an unbeaten run you want to keep that unbeaten run going. estonia kept their slim playoff hopes alive. there have been plenty of goals across africa as the team starts their journey towards
days. second place. 18 seconds behind the leader. a late attack on the final climb secured victory. he won this event back in 2013. it was the year that he went on to actually win the tour de france as well. >>ic not expect it to go any better as well. the legs are really tired after yesterday and i think everyone was -- the whole team was suffering because of the work they did yesterday. but they -- i don't know how they did it. the whole team just lifted themselves today and everyone we had the yellow jersey in sight and so everyone was just riding and giving